Cote Theatre

17 Allamakee St.,
Waukon, IA 52172

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The Cote Theatre was operating since at least 1941. It is located in the main business district on Allamakee where East and West Main start. The building is now the home of Kristi’s Stylesetter Salon.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2016 at 6:45 pm

The Cote Theatre was opened in 1913 by Dennis Cote, who had earlier operated a storefront theater,opened in 1910, on East Main Street. The Cote Theatre closed in 1958, according to the article on this web page, which covers the history of all three theaters in Waukon.

The papers of the La Crosse architectural firm Parkinson & Dockendorff include drawings of a theater at Waukon, which though undated are earlier than the drawings of the Bell Theatre in Sparta, Wisconsin, which was designed in 1916 and built in 1919. The client, however, was not named Cote but Bartell (possibly the landlord?) If the Cote Theatre was the project designed by that firm then it was probably a conversion of an existing building, the facade not being characteristic of the firm’s work and, indeed, displaying an architectural style characteristic of small commercial buildings built a decade or two earlier than 1913.

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